ZENKOV CATHEDRAL (TURKISTAN SOPHIAN CATHEDRAL)
In the center of Almaty, surrounded by nice elm park
located one of the shiniest monuments of early russian architecture- Zenkov
Cathedral. It was built in 1903-06 by the plan of A. Zenkov. Being 54 metres
high it is the second highest wooden building in the world built of Tien-Shan
pine. The opening ceremony was held on 30 July 1907.
Zenkov used his own theory of architectural stability
under influence of regional seismic riscs which helped this wooden building
to survive in major earthquake in 1911 which destroyed or damaged about 2000
buildings in the city. The Idea was to situate main weights of construction
very low and make underground part heavyer. Bent top crosses were almost only
harm to the church.
In our days cathederal successfully operates as a
central city church holding russian ortodox christian services and ringing bells
on special occasions.
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